I’m using these play dough mats along with my Christmas Theme this month. These will help children with fine motor skills as they practice counting and numeral identification. You can find many more Play Dough Math Mats here, as well as a set of Gingerbread House mats.
To prepare the mats, print and either laminate or slip them into clear page protectors. I usually put them in page protectors and hook them together with metal binder rings. The top of each mat says, “Put [#] ornaments on the tree.” Children will identify the numeral on each page, and count out the correct number of ornaments to place on the tree.
There’s also a toddler mat for children who are not ready for counting yet, but need the fine motor practice. This mat simply says, “Put some ornaments on the tree.”
Children can use play dough to make the ornaments by rolling it into little balls. If you prefer not to use play dough, you can use buttons, craft pom-pom balls, flat floral marbles, or bingo chips.
The elfkins graphics used to make these mats came from ScrappinDoodles.com and the tree graphic came from GraphicsFactory.com.
Click these images (or buttons) to download the mats:
This printable uses graphics licensed by Scrappin Doodles.